Finance Score: -9
Governance Score: 3
Support Score: 7
  • Low unrestricted reserves: -2
  • Multiple Deficits and declines: -5
  • Fundraising costs high: -2
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Grant maker support: +7
Overall GiG Score: 1 ?

FOUNDATION OF LIGHT 

The Foundation strives to? Raise educational attainment; inspire a commitment to learning? Increase skills and access to employment by connecting people to the world of work? Enable people to develop healthier and happier lives; support the development of vibrant and respectful communities? Provide more opportunities for inclusive sport and play inspiring participation and achievement;
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government and a Community Foundation
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age

Financial issues to consider:

  • Unrestricted reserves appear to be dangerously low at the latest year end
  • Income has been volatile and on several occasions in recent years less than spending
  • Fundraising costs are high relative to funds raised
Established: 22 years

www.foundationoflight.co.uk

gemma.snaith@foundationoflight.co.uk

01915634777

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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/08/22£4,386£4,929£-544£810£17,390£1900.514465
31/08/21£3,776£4,098£-323£541£17,934£2450.7163114
31/08/20£4,375£4,239£135£599£18,257£18,06251.113570
31/08/19*£3,755£4,775£-1,021£665£18,121£-187-0.514990
31/08/18?£9,328£2,498£6,830£496£19,142£2851.413680
31/12/17£11,100£4,062£7,038£402£12,312£4871.41300
31/12/16£4,182£4,159£23£457£873£1,04031350
31/12/15£4,833£4,171£662£581£1,999£5251.51410
31/12/14£4,591£4,075£517£571£1,352£5091.51380
31/12/13£3,514£3,479£35£448£835£5041.71160
31/12/12£2,879£2,911£-31£514£800£5302.2940
31/12/11£2,626£2,601£24£382£831£5782.7780
31/12/10£2,499£2,462£38£314£807£4352.1800
31/12/09£2,227£2,115£112£244£769£4112.3900
31/12/08?£2,491£2,309£182£408£658£3932410
31/07/07*£1,278£1,237£41£259£476£3753.6400
31/07/06£1,096£1,121£-25£0£0£0n/a00
31/07/05£1,561£1,549£12£0£0£0n/a00
31/07/04£523£636£-113£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 24.7%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 16.4%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 4%
Highest pay band: £90,000-£100,000
Liabilities/Assets: 11%
Liabilities/Income: 50%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 1%
Reserves/Spending: 0.5 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 3 months
Quick Ratio: 1.1
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Amateur Sport
  • Disability
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
Who works here?
  • 144 employees
  • 65 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • People Of A Particular Ethnic Or Racial Origin
  • People With Disabilities
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Durham, South Tyneside, Spain, Sunderland,

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Heritage Fund£247,300
BBC Children in Need£97,104
County Durham Community Foundation£19,859
Ministry of Defence£19,290
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Sport England - Euro 2020 Legacy Project
£9,900 18/01/2022
Funding under Sport England's EURO 2020 Legacy funding programme for a Revenue project titled Euro 2020 Legacy Project. This project lists its main activity as Association Football.
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Foundation of Light
£247,300 03/08/2021
Coals to Goals
County Durham Community Foundation - Kicks Stanley
£10,000 24/03/2021
To support the Kicks Stanley project.
Ministry of Defence - Covenant Fund
£19,290 12/02/2021
For community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - the employability elements of the organisation's work with young people
£500 04/02/2021
the employability elements of the organisation's work with young people
County Durham Community Foundation - Kicks
£9,859 30/11/2020
To deliver a Kicks project in Newton Aycliffe.
Sport England - Toyota Parasport Fund - Making Moves
£4,236 27/08/2020
17
Funding under Sport England's Small Grants funding programme for a Revenue project titled Toyota Parasport Fund - Making Moves. This project is a Multi Sports project, with a focus on beneficiaries ....more
Sport England - Contract Support Offer
£5,000 23/07/2020
0
Funding under Sport England's Facilities Investment (M&E Funding) funding programme for a Revenue project titled Contract Support Offer. This project lists its main activity as Swimming & ....more
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£9,800 03/07/2020
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Kicks Town
£10,000 03/09/2019
12
Kicks Town
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Sunderland AFC Foundation of Light
£97,104 26/06/2019
36
Making Moves Project will support Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to participate in recreational activities. Supporting them to have healthy lifestyles, ....more
County Durham Community Foundation - Tackle it
£50,000 10/10/2018
To support the Tackle it project.
County Durham Community Foundation - Foundation of Light Kicks Project
£7,263 24/05/2018
To support the Foundation of Light Kicks Project.
County Durham Community Foundation - Kicks Youth Project
£4,994 07/03/2018
To support a support program for young people involving education, promotion and awareness of positive activities.
Community Foundation Tyne & Wear & Nthmbrlnd - Back on Track
£4,000 07/02/2018
Back on Track
Virgin Money Foundation - Grant to Foundation of Light
£40,000 08/12/2017
12
Grant to run a programme within the charity’s Coaches Academy pairing young people with fully-qualified coaches providing football training sessions and a range of practical qualifications and ....more
DCMS - Virgin Money Foundation North East Fund
£40,000 08/12/2017
The Foundation of Light is the Foundation attached to Sunderland Football Club. It provides a range of formal and informal learning programmes delivered in classrooms at the stadium, in six dedicated ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Sunderland Neighbourhood Alliance Project
£250,000 01/11/2017
24
The group will continue and develop an early intervention service to improve the life chances of children and young people by addressing poor school attendance and attainment. It will work with local ....more
Sport England - Beacon of Light
£1,500,000 07/06/2017
18
Funding under Sport England's Strategic Facilities funding programme for a Capital project titled 'Beacon of Light'. This project lists its main activity as Multi Sports. This funding has contributed ....more
Sport England - Beacon of Light
£1,500,000 07/06/2017
28
Funding under Sport England's Strategic Facilities funding programme for a Capital project titled Beacon of Light. This project lists its main activity as Multi Sports
County Durham Community Foundation - Foundation of Light Shildon Outreach Centre
£2,500 10/04/2017
Towards 8 new desktop computers.
Ministry of Defence - Local Grants 2017/18
£20,000 01/04/2017
Community Integration and Local Service Delivery
Dulverton Trust - Employability Programmes for young people
£27,918 25/10/2016
Employability Programmes for young people
Community Foundation Tyne & Wear & Nthmbrlnd - Towards Older people's actvities in Chester-le-Street Year 2
£25,360 01/04/2016
Towards Older people's actvities in Chester-le-Street Year 2
Community Foundation Tyne & Wear & Nthmbrlnd - Towards Older people's activities in Chester-le-Street Year 1
£25,760 25/06/2015
Towards Older people's activities in Chester-le-Street Year 1
National Lottery Community Fund - The Neighbourhood Alliance
£1,068,001 13/12/2011
60
This project, based out of the Stadium of Light, will support around 160 families in disadvantaged neighbourhoods who may be experiencing issues such as domestic violence, lack of education, ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - The Neighbourhood Alliance
£10,000 22/06/2011
12
This is a development grant which has been awarded so that the applicant can work up a more detailed application.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Foundation of Light
£120,522 19/05/2009
36
Towards Project costs Towards project costs for two new programmes, 'Goal' and 'Going for Goal' which offer a practical, stimulating learning environment for disengaged children and young people in ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (10)
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 26-79
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 14/11/2001, number: 1089333
  • Registered at Companies House on 28/06/2001, number: 04243171
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
19 returns made; AR19: 60 days late, AR07: 59 days late,
Main office

Beacon of Light
Vaux Brewery Way
SUNDERLAND
SR5 1SN

Objectives

FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW OF ENGLAND AND WALES, PARTICULARLY IN THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND CUMBRIA (THE AREA OF BENEFIT):-1) TO RELIEVE PERSONS IN NEED, HARDSHIP AND DISTRESS OR WHO ARE AGED OR SICK;2) TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION (INCLUDING THE SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL TRAINING) OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS ATTENDING SCHOOLS AND CLUBS IN THE AREA OF BENEFIT THROUGH THE USE OF A GAME OF FOOTBALL AND OTHER SPORTS ACTIVITIES AS EDUCATIONAL TOOLS AND THEREOF TO PROVIDE FACILITIES IN THE AREA OF BENEFIT FOR MEETINGS, LECTURES AND CLASSES FOR THE BENEFIT OF SUCH CHILDREN AND ANY YOUNG PERSONS; AND3) TO PROMOTE ANY OTHER CHARITABLE PURPOSES.

Defined Area of Benefit:

PARTICULARLY IN THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND CUMBRIA

Data Sources

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